Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India is having a dream run in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023 so far. They have won all of their eight matches and occupying the top spot in the points table.

The Men in Blue are the only side to have bowled out every opposition team they have come across. The last three teams they faced, could not even cross 150. While, England were bowled out for 129, Sri Lanka were skittled out for 55. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav were more than a handful. 

Moreover, the addition of veteran pacer Mohammed Shami in the playing XI from the halfway stage due to an unfortunate injury to star all-rounder Hardik Pandya has made them almost invincible.

As per several fans and experts, this is the best ever Indian bowling attack. However, former India captain Sourav Ganguly differs.

“I can’t say this is the best-ever Indian pace attack to date. In the 2003 World Cup, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath also bowled brilliantly,” said Ganguly during an interview.

The former BCCI President is not wrong as it is probably not fair to compare bowling attacks of different eras. Under Ganguly’s captaincy, Zaheer (18 wickets), Srinath (16) and Nehra (15) had played pivotal roles to take India to the final in South Africa in the 2003 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Ganguly heaped praise on Indian bowlers.

“But yeah, it’s exciting to see Bumrah, Shami and Siraj bowl. It’s a big difference when you have Bumrah. There is pressure from both ends as it is always about bowing in pairs. Bumrah makes a massive impact on the other two as well,” the former southpaw added.

Moreover, Ganguly feels that Shami should have played from the beginning.